October 17 marks National Black Poetry Day! The unofficial holiday commemorates the birthday of Jupiter Hammon - the first Black poet to ever be published in 1760 in the U.S.
The celebration acknowledges the legacy of Black American poets and writers and their contributions to literary culture.
Poets like Langston Hughes, Lucille Clifton, Morgan Parker and Danez Smith help us gain a clearer picture of American history, racial justice, and the experiences of Black communities across the country.
The day was first proposed by public librarian Stanley A. Ransom and is recognized as a state holiday in Oregon.
Join us in celebrating this day by pulling out your favorite poem or collection or by exploring the Library’s collection and finding a new poet to get excited about.
Check out our list of titles dedicated to National Black Poetry Day: